Hispanic and Latino Americans

Latino voters stick with GOP despite Trump's immigration rhetoric

A woman holds a "Latinos for Trump" sign
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A significant percentage of Latino voters are sticking with the Republican party and continuing to support President Trump despite his rhetoric on immigration and policies like family separation at the southern border, the AP reports.

The bottom line: About one third of Latino voters voted for Republicans in November's midterms, similar to the number that voted for President Trump in 2016. Rev. Sam Rodriguez, one of Trump's spiritual advisers, told the AP it all comes down to religious beliefs. He said Latinos continue to support Trump "[b]ecause of the Democratic Party's obsession with abortion. It's life and religious liberty and everything else follows."

Record number of Latinos gearing up to take office in January

Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) standing with freshman members of Congress. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A record number of Latinos will be taking public office in January, the Associated Press reports, after a wave of voters turned out in the 2018 midterms.

The big picture: They're "demonstrating the growing clout of the 57 million Latinos" living in the U.S., AP reports. Latinos make up 18% of the U.S. population, but have historically low turnout. Per AP, the the "rhetoric from President Donald Trump about immigrants" spurred voter turnout.

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